National Cancer Policy Forum


Type: Forum
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Diseases, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Care Services

The National Cancer Policy Forum serves as a trusted venue in which experts can work collaboratively to identify emerging high-priority policy issues in cancer research and care and to examine those issues through convening activities that promote discussion about opportunities for action. The forum provides a continual focus within the National Academies on cancer, addressing issues in science, clinical medicine, public health, and public policy that are relevant to the goal of reducing the cancer burden, through prevention and by improving the care and outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer. Forum activities inform stakeholders about critical policy issues through published reports and often inform consensus committee studies. The forum has members with a broad range of expertise in cancer, including patient advocates; clinicians; and basic, translational, and clinical scientists. Members represent patients, federal agencies, academia, professional organizations, nonprofits, and industry. 


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Forum Members


  • Edward Benz, Jr., Chair
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Garnet Anderson 
    • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Kenneth Anderson 
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • William Bailey 
    • Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S.), Inc.
  • Karen Basen-Engquist 
    • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Chris Boshoff 
    • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Cathy Bradley 
    • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • Otis Brawley
    • Johns Hopkins University
  • Robert Carlson 
    • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Nancy Davidson
    • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Alliance
  • George Demetri 
    • Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
  • James Doroshow 
    • National Cancer Institute 
  • Nicole Dowling 
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Scot Ebbinghaus 
    • Merck 
  • Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson
    • University of Pennsylvania 
  • Awny Farajallah  
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb Company  
  • Stanton Gerson 
    • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
  • Lori Hoffman-Hogg
    • Department of Veterans Affairs


  • Linda House
    • Cancer Support Community 
  • Hedvig Hricak
    • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Roy Jensen
    • The University of Kansas Cancer Center
  • Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
    • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Samir Khleif 
    • Georgetown University 
  • Ronald Kline
    • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Michelle Le Beau 
    • The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Mia Levy
    • Rush University Medical Center
  • J. Leonard Lichtenfeld
    • American Cancer Society
  • Neal Meropol
    • Flatiron Health
  • Martin Murphy 
    • CEO Roundtable on Cancer 
  • Randall Oyer
    • Lancaster General Health
  • Richard Pazdur
    • Food and Drug Administration
  • Richard Schilsky
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Deborah Schrag
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Lawrence Shulman
    • University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center
  • Dan Theodorescu
    • Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai
  • Verena Voelter
    • Novartis Oncology
  • George Weiner 
    • University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Robert Winn
    • University of Illinois Health Cancer Center


Forum Sponsors

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers
  • American Cancer Society
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Association of American Cancer Institutes
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Cancer Support Community
  • CEO Roundtable on Cancer
  • Flatiron Health
  • Helsinn Therapeutics (U.S.), Inc.
  • Merck
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Novartis Oncology
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Pfizer Inc.

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